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* The TBF website ( provides "practical and emotional support" for teachers under physical or mental strain.

* has details of the Well-Being programme as well as information about workplace counselling.

* Beneden Healthcare (

* Statistics on teacher absence rates can be found at and

* Ill Health, Retirement and Absenteeism Amongst Teachers (November 2000) by Tony Bowers and Malcolm McIver is available from the DfES publications department. Tel: 0845 6022260.

* The Well Teacher, by Maureen Cooper (Network Educational Press, pound;6.95).

* HR Wigwam - attendance management consultants ( Tel: 01604 883541.

* All the main union websites carry information about sick pay entitlements.

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